Arsenal have confirmed that the contract of Sead Kolasinac has been terminated by mutual consent, and the Bosnian international defender has joined Olympique Marseille as a free agent, signing an 18-month deal with the Ligue 1 club.
Kolasinac made his way through the youth ranks at Karlsruhe, Hoffenheim and Stuttgart, before earning a place in the first team squad at Schalke 04 in 2012. He joined the Gunners on a free transfer five years later.
The 28-year-old leaves the Emirates after four and a half years on the club’s books, having made a total of 118 appearances in all competitions, during which he scored five goals and contributed 15 assists from his position on the left defensive flank.
Kolasinac lost his place in the team completely under Mikel Arteta. The club signed Nuno Tavares last summer to provide cover and competition for Kieran Tierney in the left-back position, making the message to Kolasinac perfectly clear. He managed to rack up five appearances this season, two in the Premier League, two in the Carabao Cup and one in the FA Cup. The only start of the season in the Premier League seems to reflect Kolasinac’s status at the club during the last 12 months – the humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City back in August.
Nonetheless, Kolasinac showed a lot of spirit during his spell as an Arsenal player, even though the results the team achieved in that time were overall rather underwhelming, with the obvious exception of the 2020 FA Cup triumph. The bravery he displayed in fighting off armed attackers who tried to rob him and Mesut Ozil in 2019 will also be remembered.
“Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Sead for his contribution to the club since he joined us in 2017 and wish him all the best for his future,” the club statement reads.